German Army to Field Ground-based AESA Radar


Released on Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Germany
AGS
BUR
Dingo 2
F124 Sachsen
MEADS
TerraSAR-X
AESA - Active Electronically Scanned Array
AGS - Alliance Ground Surveillance
B�R - Bodenüberwachungsradar
BWB - Bundesamt für Wehrtechnik und Beschaffung
BWB - Blended Wing Body
EADS - European Aeronautic Defence and Space
HF - High Frequency
MEADS - Medium Extended Air Defense System
EADS will equip the German Armed Forces with a new kind of ground surveillance radar (BÜR - Bodenüberwachungsradar) for reliably detecting movements both on the ground and in the air close to the ground. The BÜR is specially designed for recognizing asymmetric threats. As the company announced on Wednesday, the Federal Office of Defence Technology and Procurement BWB has placed an order in the double digit million range with EADS for the delivery of initially two system demonstrators by the end of 2009. The delivery of 78 BÜR systems from the series production is planned as of 2012. They are intended to close the gap in capabilities of the German Armed Forces in the area of ground surveillance for the 25 years to follow. In addition to the order from the German Armed Forces, other nations have also already signaled interest in this innovative, powerful radar system.

The radar is based on the latest electronic scan control technology AESA (Active Electronically Scanning Array) which opens up new possibilities for detection and surveillance. Thanks to the real-time electronic beam scanning, the radar can handle several reconnaissance tasks in parallel and in doing so achieves a much higher level of reconnaissance efficiency and reliability in comparison with mechanically scanned radars. This means each BÜR system can replace three conventional radars. The same technology is also used in major forward-looking projects, such as the MEADS air defence system, NATO's AGS reconnaissance system and the F124 frigate.

BÜR is intended for mobile use on the DINGO 2 armored vehicle manufactured by the Munich company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann. The radar can be used to the full extent without the crew having to leave the protection of the vehicle. The high performance of the radar is largely due to the great number of transmitter and receiver modules in the aerial, which are made from special HF resistant materials and are developed and manufactured at the EADS Defence Electronics (DE) site in Ulm under clean-room conditions. EADS DE is the European pioneer of this technology supplying similar transmitter and receiver modules also for the TerraSAR space radar, for the MEADS air defence system and for the radar of the F124 frigate.

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